Title: Five Total Strangers
Author: Natalie D. Richards
Publication: October 6, 2020
Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire
Genre: Teen & YA Fiction, Suspense
SYNOPSIS: (From Goodreads)
When Mira flies home to spend Christmas with her mother in Pittsburgh, a record-breaking blizzard results in a cancelled layover. Desperate to get to her grief-ridden mother in the wake of a family death, Mira hitches a ride with a group of friendly college kids who were on her initial flight.
As the drive progresses and weather conditions become more treacherous, Mira realizes that the four other passengers she’s stuck in the car with don’t actually know one another.
Soon, they’re not just dealing with heavy snowfall and ice-slick roads, but the fact that somebody will stop at nothing to ensure their trip ends in a deadly disaster.
**A copy of this book was provided by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.**
I’ve read many Natalie D. Richards books in the past few years and always enjoy them. When I saw Five Total Strangers, I was ready to read.
From the start, Five Total Strangers hooked me. It wasn’t that it was jam packed with action, but Richards created a great sense of wonder right from the start. What good could come of a group of young adults and teenagers attempting to drive through a blizzard together? Not much. And not knowing them? No thank you. I needed to know how this would play out.
Richards definitely built up that sense of dread that main character Mira was feeling the entire trip. I was suspicious of everyone and Richards did a fantastic job of getting me to feel those feelings along with the characters. Each of the characters were intriguing in their own way and I found myself guessing constantly what their secrets could be. The story line never stalled out and had me flipping pages trying to find out how it was going to end. And honestly… I did not see it coming.
If you love a good suspense novel twisted in with a YA Fiction theme, although this book would be great for all ages, then Five Total Strangers will definitely be one to read. An absolute page turner that will keep your heart rate high the entire time.
STAR RATING: 5/5
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